Doctor of Science in Rehabilitation Sciences (DSc) Program

D.Sc. in Rehabilitation Sciences

The Doctor of Science in Rehabilitation Sciences (DSc) program prepares occupational therapists and physical therapists to be scholarly practitioners with advanced clinical reasoning and skills in a specialty area. The DSc program has two areas of specialization: orthopedics and pediatrics. The orthopedic specialization, with an emphasis on general adult orthopedics or sports medicine and rehabilitation, is available in a blended classroom and web-based format. The pediatric specialization has an emphasis on leadership in early intervention, school-based practice, and assistive technology, and is also available in a blended classroom and web-based format.

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  • Applicants must identify and contact a Department of Rehabilitation Sciences faculty member who agrees to become the advisor if the applicant is admitted to the program. Applicants should review the profiles of the faculty listed below to discern who have similar academic and research interests.
  • Applicants must be graduates of accredited professional (entry-level) programs in occupational therapy or physical therapy.
  • Two (2) full-time years of professional experience as an occupational therapist or physical therapist are required.
  • A minimum of a 3.0 grade point average in the last 60 hours. Please note: in calculating grade point average, the entire semester in which the 60 or 12 hours fall is counted. The admission committee also will consider grades in individual courses that it considers to be important for success in the program. The College of Allied Health does not recognize academic forgiveness nor reprieve policies. All attempts of a course are included in the calculation of GPAs.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended must be submitted. Applicants who have previous coursework from colleges or universities outside of the United States or who are international/non-US citizens are required to have all transcripts/mark sheets processed through World Education Services (WES). The WES website is
  • A one-page career goal statement, which includes a description of how the applicant expects the program to assist in meeting career goals, is required. The admissions committee will consider the quality of the statement, the compatibility of the applicant’s career goals with those of the program, and the availability of faculty with expertise in the applicant’s area(s) of interest. The career goals statement must include a description of the area(s) of specialization in which the applicant is interested.
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can describe the applicant’s potential for success in a doctoral level program.
  • Graduate Record Examination - the General Test. Scores of 153 (500 on old scoring system) or higher on the verbal component, 144 (500 on old scoring system) or higher on the quantitative component, and 4.0 or higher on the writing assessment are highly preferred. Applicants who have taken the GRE and subsequently successfully completed a professional or post-professional degree are not required to take the GRE again but must submit their scores. Please complete and submit the GRE Waiver Form. The OUHSC institution code for the GRE is 6902.
  • Students for whom English is a second language must earn a minimum score of 600 (paper-based) or 100 (Internet-based) within two years prior to application on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The OUHSC institution code for the TOEFL is 6902. If requesting waiver of the TOEFL requirement, please click here.
  • Submit a completed on-line application by June 1 for spring admission.

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Bursar's Office Tuition and Fees
Please review the Graduate Program tuition and fees link above. From the Graduate Programs chart, our students in the DSc program pay the hourly Resident Tuition, or Non-Resident Tuition, if applicable; the following Mandatory Institutional Fees - Academic Records Fee, Connectivity Fee, Library Fee, and the Registration Fee; and the following College Fees - AH Electronic Media Fee.

Student Financial Aid

The Doctor of Science in Rehabilitation Sciences (DSc) program requires core courses and courses in the specialization and cognate (related) areas. Students also complete a doctoral thesis, planned and implemented with faculty guidance. The number of credits required in each area varies depending on a student’s highest degree. Information about degree requirements.

Distance Education Complaint Process

It is the intention of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center to comply with all Federal and State regulations related to distance education.   Federal distance education requirements and a detailed description of the complaint process are found at .    

The complaint process for program issues begins at the college level.  The contact for the College of Allied Health is Susan Tucker, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at (405)271-552;  If complaints cannot be resolved at the college level, you may file a complaint with Dr. Valerie Williams, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at 405.271.5557 or

University Service Issues:

Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
College of Allied Health
P.O. Box 26901
Oklahoma City, OK 73126
Phone: (405) 271-2131
Email for more information.

Office of Academic and Student Services
Phone: (405) 271-6588